Insurer echoes Wasted Lives campaign call for restrictions on young motorists

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YOUNG novice motorists should face tougher res-trictions behind the wheel after passing their tests, a leading insurer has said.

His calls closely echo those made by The Lancashire Telegraph's Wasted Lives campaign, aimed at ending the carnage on our roads.

Speaking yesterday, Association of British Insurers (ABI) boss Nick Starling said motorists under the age of 25 should have a minimum one-year learning per-iod before taking their test.

The group also claimed newly-qualified drivers aged under 25 should hold a graduated driving licence for two years and then have to take a second test.

He said new young drivers should not be allowed to drink any alcohol while driving and should be restricted in the hours when they can take to the road.

This graduated licence would contain restrictions on the number of passengers that can be carried while there should also be restrictions on driving between 11pm and 4am unless driving was necessary for work purposes.

The proposals were set out by the ABI in an effort to cut the high level of deaths and serious injuries involving young drivers.

The Wasted Lives campaign called for all of the same measures, particularly focusing on a bid to introduce a graduated licence scheme.

Motorists aged under 25 are twice as likely to fail a breathalyser test and are more at risk when driving late at night and early in the morning.

They also account for a high proportion of death and serious injury accidents on the roads.

Mr Starling, ABI’s director of general insurance and health, said: “Our proposals are not designed to drive young drivers off the road, but to ensure that they become safer drivers.

"We must act to reduce the tragic loss of young lives on our roads.

“While recent years may have seen a reduction in road accident fatalities and serious injuries, the figures are still too high.

“We need tough action to better equip young drivers to handle the dangers of driving."

The AA said many of the ideas from the ABI were ‘unworkable’ and said ‘education is the key’.

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9:05am Wed 23 Nov 11

billybigballs says...

Why is everyone stereotypical of young drivers? We're not all crashes waiting to happen!!!

I have been driving for 3 years now and i have a crystal clean licence, never been stopped for speeding, car is kept taxed, MOT'd and insured.

I'll tell you something...compare the crash statistics for young drivers against taxi drivers!!! I've seen the way they drive around Blackburn!!!
Why is everyone stereotypical of young drivers? We're not all crashes waiting to happen!!! I have been driving for 3 years now and i have a crystal clean licence, never been stopped for speeding, car is kept taxed, MOT'd and insured. I'll tell you something...compare the crash statistics for young drivers against taxi drivers!!! I've seen the way they drive around Blackburn!!! billybigballs

9:45am Wed 23 Nov 11

BuckoTheMoose says...

Roads will never be completely safe. Road accidents are an unfortunate fact of life that we accept when we choose to drive.

The drivers licencing scheme will also never be perfect. On your seventeenth birthday you are considered mature enough to drive when you weren't the day before. All people are different.

These days, whenever we perceive a problem, we look for a solution that penalises everyone rather than just those who are irresponsible.

The graduated licence is just such a scheme. It's unworkable, unfair and unnecessary.

Also, when we think there is a problem we always try to blow it out of proportion, like the Telegraph using the term 'carnage' on our roads to refer to a few accidents.

That is probably so they can say, "Look how good we are, campaigning to solve this huge problem", when they are just looking for publicity.

It's about time these useful idiots stopped bleating for ever more restrictions on our daily lives and liberties just so the can have an illusory feeling of safety.
Roads will never be completely safe. Road accidents are an unfortunate fact of life that we accept when we choose to drive. The drivers licencing scheme will also never be perfect. On your seventeenth birthday you are considered mature enough to drive when you weren't the day before. All people are different. These days, whenever we perceive a problem, we look for a solution that penalises everyone rather than just those who are irresponsible. The graduated licence is just such a scheme. It's unworkable, unfair and unnecessary. Also, when we think there is a problem we always try to blow it out of proportion, like the Telegraph using the term 'carnage' on our roads to refer to a few accidents. That is probably so they can say, "Look how good we are, campaigning to solve this huge problem", when they are just looking for publicity. It's about time these useful idiots stopped bleating for ever more restrictions on our daily lives and liberties just so the can have an illusory feeling of safety. BuckoTheMoose

2:45pm Wed 23 Nov 11

jack daniels says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Roads will never be completely safe. Road accidents are an unfortunate fact of life that we accept when we choose to drive. The drivers licencing scheme will also never be perfect. On your seventeenth birthday you are considered mature enough to drive when you weren't the day before. All people are different. These days, whenever we perceive a problem, we look for a solution that penalises everyone rather than just those who are irresponsible. The graduated licence is just such a scheme. It's unworkable, unfair and unnecessary. Also, when we think there is a problem we always try to blow it out of proportion, like the Telegraph using the term 'carnage' on our roads to refer to a few accidents. That is probably so they can say, "Look how good we are, campaigning to solve this huge problem", when they are just looking for publicity. It's about time these useful idiots stopped bleating for ever more restrictions on our daily lives and liberties just so the can have an illusory feeling of safety.
yep, i think that's covered everything I'd say too. The LT can't just tar everybody with the same brush and think that a problem has been solved.
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Roads will never be completely safe. Road accidents are an unfortunate fact of life that we accept when we choose to drive. The drivers licencing scheme will also never be perfect. On your seventeenth birthday you are considered mature enough to drive when you weren't the day before. All people are different. These days, whenever we perceive a problem, we look for a solution that penalises everyone rather than just those who are irresponsible. The graduated licence is just such a scheme. It's unworkable, unfair and unnecessary. Also, when we think there is a problem we always try to blow it out of proportion, like the Telegraph using the term 'carnage' on our roads to refer to a few accidents. That is probably so they can say, "Look how good we are, campaigning to solve this huge problem", when they are just looking for publicity. It's about time these useful idiots stopped bleating for ever more restrictions on our daily lives and liberties just so the can have an illusory feeling of safety.[/p][/quote]yep, i think that's covered everything I'd say too. The LT can't just tar everybody with the same brush and think that a problem has been solved. jack daniels

3:01pm Wed 23 Nov 11

jack daniels says...

I recently found a statistic that 20% of road fatalities are motorcyclists. On this basis, if we ban everybody from using this form of transport we could significantly reduce the number of deaths on our roads. Surely this should be picked up by the LT as the next step in eradicating all ideas of independent choice and free will.

Maybe the LT should consider the fact that it is people themselves that are a danger on the roads and that if we ban the living, there will be even fewer crashes.
I recently found a statistic that 20% of road fatalities are motorcyclists. On this basis, if we ban everybody from using this form of transport we could significantly reduce the number of deaths on our roads. Surely this should be picked up by the LT as the next step in eradicating all ideas of independent choice and free will. Maybe the LT should consider the fact that it is people themselves that are a danger on the roads and that if we ban the living, there will be even fewer crashes. jack daniels

5:17pm Wed 23 Nov 11

Good call says...

Here we go, getting people ready for curfews that our police state government wants to bring in for everybody.It is classic Problem, reaction solution and the solution always ends up in people losing more liberty and freedm.
P.S, where's lifeinthemix I thought he'd be having a good rant about this, and quite rightly so.
Here we go, getting people ready for curfews that our police state government wants to bring in for everybody.It is classic Problem, reaction solution and the solution always ends up in people losing more liberty and freedm. P.S, where's lifeinthemix I thought he'd be having a good rant about this, and quite rightly so. Good call

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